Yossi Klein Halevi: Israel’s Broken Heart

Yossi Klein Halevi is spot on in this analysis of Israel’s defeat (yes, defeat, not victory) in this newest Lebanon War:

However hard Ehud Olmert tries to spin it, the U.N. ceasefire that began yesterday is a disaster for Israel and for the war on terrorism generally. With an unprecedented green light from Washington to do whatever necessary to uproot the Iranian front line against Israel, and with a level of national unity and willingness to sacrifice unseen here since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, our leaders squandered weeks restraining the army and fighting a pretend war. Only in the two days before the ceasefire was the army finally given the go-ahead to fight a real war.

But, by then, the U.N. resolution had codified the terms of Israel’s defeat. …

This is a nation whose heart has been broken: by our failure to uproot the jihadist threat, which will return for another and far more deadly round…

At least some of the disasters of the past weeks were self-inflicted. We forfeited the public relations battle that was, in part, Israel’s to lose. How is it possible that we failed to explain the justness of a war fought against a genocidal enemy who attacked us across our U.N.-sanctioned international border? It’s hard to remember now, but we began this war with the sympathy of a large part of the international community. Some Arab leaders, for the first time in the history of the Middle East conflict, actually blamed other Arabs for initiating hostilities with Israel. That response came when Israel seemed determined to defeat Hezbollah; but, as the weeks dragged on and Hezbollah appeared to be winning, moderate Arabs adjusted accordingly. They didn’t switch sides because we were fighting too assertively but because we weren’t fighting assertively enough.…

None of Israel’s wars was ever fought with greater micromanagement by a government, and no government was ever less qualified to manage a war as this one. …

A long list of reckonings awaits the Israeli public. There’s the scandal of the government’s abandonment of tens of thousands of poor Israelis who lacked the means to escape the north and were confined for weeks in public shelters, their needs largely tended to by volunteers.…

Olmert, Peretz, Livni and Company should resign, as should Halutz. Of course, none will do so. We can only hope a no confidence motion swiftly brings down this pathetic government, and that the government replacing it is wiser and far more competent than Kadima’s Keystone Cops.

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6 responses to “Yossi Klein Halevi: Israel’s Broken Heart

  1. Ma. Rabbi

    Klein is correct. Olmert from day 1 held the IDF back from fighting. He has done real damage to Israel. Olmert should be impeached.

  2. mike

    i could not agree with you more. Pres. bush is a two faced liar for claiming that israel somehow won the war. We were big losers in this one.
    Our two objectives in going to war were:
    1)safe return of soldiers
    2)dismantelling of terrorist group

    none of these objectives were met.
    just the loss of israeli lives.
    We need moshiach now

  3. PishPosh

    Im sorry but those Israelis living in Israel need to either forcefully remove the govt or go whine in a closet.
    Thats all they do all day is quote the bible and threaten curses and then the wacko Rabbis with their messianic pronouncements come out and prophesy a bunch of horse hockey and they dont do crap to change the situation.
    I didnt know that wallowing in self pity and apathy was a mitzva deoraisa!!!
    They are no different then the grumblers in the desert. Both have a gripe and both dont see the root cause is with them.

  4. PishPosh

    Im sorry but those Israelis living in Israel need to either forcefully remove the govt or go whine in a closet.
    Thats all they do all day is quote the bible and threaten curses and then the wacko Rabbis with their messianic pronouncements come out and prophesy a bunch of horse hockey and they dont do crap to change the situation.
    I didnt know that wallowing in self pity and apathy was a mitzva deoraisa!!!
    They are no different then the grumblers in the desert. Both have a gripe and both dont see the root cause is with them.

  5. avrohom

    Shmarya,

    Great post. Continue in this path. Let us unite and speak with one voice alerting the dangers laying ahead and theonly way to change it is by removing olomert immediately.

  6. avrohom

    Shmarya,

    Great post. Continue in this path. Let us unite and speak with one voice alerting the dangers laying ahead and theonly way to change it is by removing olomert immediately.

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